The Slovak parliament on Tuesday approved the deployment of about 2,100 NATO troops in the country after Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine.
Initially, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, Poland and Slovenia would have about 1,200 troops in an “enhanced NATO presence” and would include the Patriot air defense system, Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said. Monday.
“In the near future, the Russian Federation expects direct military attacks on Uzhhorod Airport (Ukraine) … near the Slovak border, which has military consequences, of course,” the TASR said. saying.
The government had already approved NATO deployment on March 9th.
Ninety-six of the 134 MPs present voted in favor of the move on Tuesday, with 15 against.
The vote took place two days before a U.S. Secretary of Defense visited the country in 2004 after joining NATO.
More than three million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24, according to the United Nations, 200,000 have crossed into Slovakia, according to Slovak police.
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